This is my favorite homemade root beer recipe. It tastes better than anything you can buy in the stores, and is certainly healthier for you.
The many roots and herbs in this formula were used for generations by folks in the Eastern United States, both by Native Americans as well as people of European ancestry.
This tonic makes a delicious beverage and also soothes and nourishes the body. Try this amazing blend, and you’ll be surprised to see how fast it will become a family tradition that you will want to pass down for years to come.
It is simple as adding tea to seltzer water.
In this recipe, 1 part = 1 Tablespoon. If you want to make twice as much, just make the part = 2 Tablespoons, and so on.
- 3 parts Sassafras bark
- 3 parts Sarsaparilla root
- 2 parts Birch bark
- 1 part Dandelion root
- 1 part Licorice root
- 1 part Fennel seed
- 8-10 Anise Star pods (handful)
- 1/4 part Ginger root (cut and sifted, not powdered)
- 2 parts Burdock root
- 1/2 teaspoons Stevia leaf (powdered)
Make Stevia approximately 5% of formula if you make more.
- 4-5 cups Water
- Seltzer Water. A third or more of your final root beer amount. In this recipe, approximately 1 ½ to 2 cups) (plain or flavored)
- 1/2 Lemon (sliced)
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Combine herbs, root, and stevia and mix well.
Place in a medium pot, add water, and place on slow simmer for 30-45 minutes. Strain through a double stainless steel strainer into a half-gallon glass jar.
Add seltzer according to your preference.
Add lemon, put a lid on jar, shake well and serve.
Serve as a light summer beverage to family and friends. Also, it’s a good tonic for the liver and digestive tract. A soothing and nourishing drink.
Here’s a photo of John with my interns this summer, Carly, Emily and Summer. We had a WONDERFUL time making these videos for you.
Enjoy your homemade root beer!
Rosemary Gladstar has changed the practice of American herbalism during her nearly 40 year career. She has founded herbal schools, was a founder of Traditional Medicinals Tea Company, the founding president of United Plant Savers, and helped found the Northeast Herb Association. She is the co-director of the International Herb Symposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference.
Rosemary Gladstar is the author of several books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, and Herbal Healing for Women. Her latest release is the Rosemary’s Remedies video series, by LearningHerbs.com and Mountain Rose Herbs.